Holder tapped as interim Greensboro police chief

by Jeff Sykes

Anita Holder tapped as interim police chief.

Greensboro has tapped current Deputy Chief Anita Holder to server as interim chief of police after Ken Miller leaves on Aug. 31.

City Manager Jim Westmoreland said Holder’s broad experience within the department was a major factor in the decision.

“Anita has been heavily involved in much of the good work that has been implemented over the last four years under Chief Ken Miller,” Westmoreland stated in a press release. “She’s engaged in new endeavors, including neighborhood oriented policing, and has a distinct understanding of what the department needs to do to continue to progress during this interim period. We’re fortunate to have her understanding and leadership.”

Holder currently is spearheading the department’s neighborhood oriented policing initiative. She has served in a variety of roles including patrol, vice and narcotics, training and commander of the support bureau.

Holder said he looked forward to the challenge of leading the department.

“We have a strong department that is doing great things in its service to our community. We will make progress toward accomplishing our goals and our focus will continue to be on building stronger relationships with the residents of Greensboro.”

The city is using executive search firms to narrow down choices for the next permanent chief. A decision is expected by mid-September.